Maya Angelou was never named an official United States Poet Laureate, but few have reached her level of cultural significance. I loved their uniforms. Her dreams were put on hold when she got pregnant at the age of 16.
During her life, Angelou became a voice for black women, championing their strength and shining light on their narratives through her works.
After testifying against the man he was convicted and imprisoned, but after he was released he was beaten to death.
Dr. Maya Angelou was a renowned poet, author and teacher who touched the hearts of her fans with her words. Angelou said she spoke about these times in her life so that young people wouldn't think the generation before them never made any mistakes.
A humanitarian, Angelou served the world when she went to Ghana as an assistant administrator for the School of Music & Drama at the University of Ghana. The man was killed by her uncles when she revealed about the incident. She also sent King's widow, Coretta Scott King flowers every year after King's death up until 2006 when Coretta Scott King died.
Google said in its description: "During those years books and poetry became her solace and constant companions, eventually helping her find her voice again to embark upon an intellectual and creative journey that defies description". "Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is", says Keys.
She was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for best Supporting or Featured Actress for her role in the play Look Away. She was also a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and organized with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Angelou was friends with James Baldwin and had planned to help Malcolm X build the Organization of Afro-American Unity, a new civil rights organization, shortly before his assassination.
Angelou read the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and was honored in 2011 by Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
When President John F. Kennedy took the oath of office in 1961, the legendary Robert Frost became the first poet to participate in the inauguration ceremony. Angelou was lauded by many celebrities and received numerous awards including a Grammy and two NAACP Image Awards. She also wrote several books of essays, as well as screenplays and children's novels.